Workplace Innovations Lead

Google R+D for the Built Environment Google R+D for the Built Environment Employer:
Mountain View, CA, USLocation:
Mon, Jun 3 '19Posted on:

Google R+D for the Built Environment

Full-time, XL Construction Hire

Mountain View, CA

Who we are/ What we do:

Google R+D is the Ideas Workshop for the Built Environment. We are architects, engineers, researchers, designers, inventors, dreamers and builders who are obsessed with meaningfully shaping our environment. We are a community of optimistic, passionate, action-oriented solution-seekers who love to say “yes” and then create the path to deliver on that answer. From the scale of the Desk to the scale of the District, we generate ideas and prototypes that deliver immediate tangible value, and project a resilient, resource efficient, technologically-enriched and beautiful future.

What You Do:

As the Workplace Innovations Lead, you are a non-traditional design leader responsible for several of our workplace and interiors initiatives each quarter, providing design vision and guidance for these initiatives. You are driven by innovation and creative solutions. You are also a collaborative leader, facilitating the relationships necessary to generate the most exciting new solutions. You have the ability to maintain a high-level view as well as the ability to get into the details as needed on initiatives to help teams prioritize goals so that they can work most effectively, through weekly meetings and daily communication. You are an adept natural communicator, optimistic and positive. You identify with the success of the team, and dive in to do whatever it takes to create the best work. You thrive in an energetic and optimistic team environment where we deeply respect each other and try to leave each other feeling inspired and energized.


  • Leads on Design Vision on multiple Workplace and Interiors initiatives with a variety of teams and provides guidance and design oversight for the teams. This includes design contributions within the content of the work as well as graphics, narrative, and presentation of the work to stakeholder groups
  • Checks in regularly with lab leadership; facilitates meetings and workshops.
  • Identifies good design and consultant partners to build out the right team to successfully complete initiatives
  • Has an open and flexible attitude toward developing alternate solutions and methods to enhance or supplant industry norms and has enough knowledge to understand the impacts of the norms that are broken
  • Embodies the ethos and expands the ambitions of the R+D Lab


  • Senior Interior Architect or Interior Designer with a degree in Interior Design, Industrial Design or Architecture
  • Experience with a range of different Interiors project sizes and program types - especially workplace
  • Experience with all phases of interiors + construction projects, from programming and conceptual design, construction documents and detailing
  • Excellent planning skills, including careful attention to detail, love of materiality, information organization and timeline tracking; ability to utilize data to tell a story
  • Tools for understand potential exposures/roadblocks and strategies to overcome them
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively across many teams and at all organizational levels
  • Solution-Seeking and action-oriented
  • Demonstrated positive and effective leadership
  • Creative problem solver
  • Working knowledge of building and planning codes, with the ability to foresee regulatory or bureaucratic obstacles to execution
  • Relentless curiosity and a passion for the built environment
  • An obsession with user-centered discovery and design process

At Google and XL Construction, we don’t just accept differences - we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our products and our community. Google is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.

To all recruitment agencies: Google does not accept agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to our jobs alias, Google employees or any other company location. Google and XL Construction are not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.


Please submit professional credentials to Tiana Zarate: .  These credentials must include curriculum vitae, cover letter, and portfolio of work for our consideration.

This position is full time at the Google R+D lab on Google premises in Mountain View, CA with full-time employment through XL construction.

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